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Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist

Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist

by John Brockman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1400076862

ISBN-13: 2901400076863

Pub. Date: 09/13/2005

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

A fascinating collection of essays from twenty-seven of the world’s most interesting scientists about the moments and events in their childhoods that set them on the paths that would define their lives.

What makes a child decide to become a scientist?

•For Robert Sapolsky—Stanford professor of biology—it was an argument

Overview

A fascinating collection of essays from twenty-seven of the world’s most interesting scientists about the moments and events in their childhoods that set them on the paths that would define their lives.

What makes a child decide to become a scientist?

•For Robert Sapolsky—Stanford professor of biology—it was an argument with a rabbi over a passage in the Bible.
•Physicist Lee Smolin traces his inspiration to the volume of Einstein’s work he picked up as a diversion from heartbreak.
•Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist and the author of Flow, found his calling through Descartes.
•Mary Catherine Bateson—author of Composing a Life—discovered that she wanted to be an anthropologist while studying Hebrew.
•Janna Levin—author of How the Universe Got Its Spots—felt impelled by the work of Carl Sagan to know more.

Murray Gell-Mann, Nicholas Humphrey, Freeman Dyson, Daniel C. Dennett, Lynn Margulis, V. S. Ramachandran, Howard Gardner, Richard Dawkins, and more than a dozen others tell their own entertaining and often inspiring stories of the deciding moment. Illuminating memoir meets superb science writing in essays that invite us to consider what it is—and isn’t—that sets the scientific mind apart and into action.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901400076863
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/13/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Nicholas Humphrey A Family Affair
David M. Buss The Bungling Apprentice
Robert M. Sapolsky Mountain Gorilla and Yeshiva Boy
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Safety in Numbers
Murray Gell-Mann My Father and Albert Einstein
Alison Gopnik A Midcentury Modern Education
Paul C. W. Davies Cosmology Calls
Freeman J. Dyson Member of the Club
Lee Smolin A Strange Beautiful Girl in a Car
Steven Pinker How We May Have Become What We Are
Mary Catherine Bateson Patterns and the Participant Observer
Lynn Margulis Mixing It Up
Jaron Lanier A Childhood Between Realities
Richard Dawkins Dolittle and Darwin
Howard Gardner One Way ofMaking a Social Scientist
Joseph Ledoux Brains Through the Back Door
Sherry Turkle The Objects of Our Lives
Marc d. Hauser Intellectual Promiscuity
Ray Kurzweil Tom Swift Jr. and the Power of Ideas
Janna Levin A Day in the Life of a Child
Rodney Brooks Toward the Worm
J. Doyne Farmer The Everyday Practice of Physics in Silver City, New Mexico
Steven Strogatz The Math of the Real World
Tim White At Large in the Mountains
V. S. Ramachandran The Making of a Scientist
Daniel C. Dennett What I Want to Be When I Grow Up
Judith Rich Harris The Gift of Solitude

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